12147 Corey Lake Road, Three Rivers, Michigan (269) 244-5690

Gone, but never forgotten

Our father, Dayton Hubbard, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 3rd, at his beloved farm of 53 years.  He and Mom built an amazing enterprise, and we’re blessed and grateful for the values they instilled, including a love of what Dad often called his own ‘Garden of Eden.’

His life is so interwoven at Corey Lake Orchards it will be challenging to accept that he is gone as the next generations continue to work the land we all loved.  We know his spirit will be watching over us, and wondering why we’re letting the weeds and worms get out of hand or not working harder and faster.   One comfort to all of us is knowing he is with The One who controls the weather!

More about his life can be found at:.http://www.hohnerfh.com/Obituaries/tabid/115/agentType/View/PropertyID/590/Default.aspx

One of Dad’s greatest joys was pleasing his customers with the fruits of his labors.  Whether it was the perfect ear of sweet corn, the first tomato of the season, or handing you half of a juicy peach he cut for you to try, we thank all of you as you completed his circle.

The Hubbard Family

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Terry Krull

    Mr. Hubbard was a pillar in the St Joe county for so many years. He and his wife will both be greatly missed.

  2. Julianna Sauber

    To Beth and the entire family, I am so sorry for your loss. I could feel your love each and every time you talked about your father and I know he will be missed greatly. He has left a lasting mark on the earth and the community of three Rivers, I will enjoy the fruits of his and your labors for many years to come. I wish you much peace in this time of loss. Our hearts and minds are with you.

    Julianna, Doug, Alex and Liam

  3. Greg Ward

    The very first time I experienced Corey Lake Orchards was back in the 1960’s, during a class field trip from Huss School. I had not yet met Charlotte, because we attended different schools at the time, but Mr. Hubbard was standing right there to greet our school bus and invite us up for a cup of fresh apple cider. That welcoming/family-like atmosphere at Corey Lake Orchards became quite evident from the start, quite obviously driven by the man himself! I’ve always viewed Mr. Hubbard as an icon in the community. He provided a childhood memory that we’ll never forget! Rest in peace Dayton! Hugs and prayers to the entire family!

  4. Anne Peterson

    My life would not be the same without the Corey Lake Orchards. For the last seven years I’ve bought a tomato from there and put it on my father’s grave. I will continue that ritual for the rest of my days even if it means I have to buy the Orchards myself someday.

  5. Tami

    I first experience Corey lake orchards when I moved up here in 2007. I have been bringing my kids there every year since. It will always be their favorite place to pick cherries and strawberries. I am so sorry for your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  6. Judy (Hull) Ludwig

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family, especially to Beth, who I attended school with from K thru 12. Spent some time at the orchards and remember the whole family well. Our family made several trips to buy produce and cider through the years. Mr. Hubbard was a true pillar of our lake community.

  7. Amy Yustick

    My children are now a 4th generation that looks forward with eager anticipation for that first perfect ear of sweet corn from Corey Lake Orchard. Enjoying the fresh produce, and kind conversations from the orchard are a cornerstone to our many summers on Corey Lake. Your father touched so many people and families and we are sorry for you loss. He will be remembered as one of the founding pillars of the Corey Lake and St. Joe County community.

    Amy Yustick
    Grandaughter of Carl and Louise Haradine
    Richelieu Lodge

  8. Cindy (Wiseman) Forsyth

    I was a classmate of Beth’s also and wish to extend my condolences. My family likes to stop at Corey Lake Orchard for the delicious cider and wonderful vegetables and fruits. Your father left a legacy for all his children. We will go there for as long as you are open.

  9. r kaiser

    I HAVE BEEN GONE FROM THREE RIVERS NEARLY 45 YEARS, BUT STILL REMEMBER DAYTON AS THE BIG GUY THAT WOULD SUB AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I HAD A NECTARINE. HE DESCRIBED IT AS “A PEACH WITHOUT THE FUZZ.” AND THE APPLE CIDER!!!!! AND THE BIG HELLO WHEN YOU PULLED IN THE DRIVE WITH MOM AND DAD.
    SUCH A SAD TIME, BUT JUST THINK OF ALL THE LIVES HE HAD TOUCHED!

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